Being a good actor is much more than having the face of a Greek god, an athletic body, and an amazing fashion sense (though having these can’t hurt!). What’s also important for an actor is their range, how they’re able to adapt to new roles and embody wildly different characters.

The folks over on Twitter have been busy praising their favorite actors who definitely “understood the assignment” and wowed their fans in a multitude of different roles. From Leonardo DiCaprio (hi, Leo, we love you!) to my personal favorite Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal, these stars are getting the adoration and attention they deserve. Bored Panda has collected some of the most spot-on tweets, so scroll down to see who Twitter loves best, upvote the tweets that you agree with, and let us know which actor has totally “understood the assignment” better than everyone else in your personal opinion.

I had a chat with celebrity and pop-culture expert Mike Sington, who has worked together with countless actors, about what makes people adore a star (hint: it might not be their acting skills!) and the relationship between experience and adaptability on-screen is. Have a peek down below for Bored Panda's interview with Mike.

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Robin Williams

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O Captain! My Captain!

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Helena Bonham Carter

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she is one of the best

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Gary Oldman

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I read somewhere years ago that the makers of the Lost In Space film cast him as Dr Smith as he was the only person creepy enough for the role.

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Hollywood's Ultimate Insider, Mike from LA, told Bored Panda that when it comes to being a beloved actor, a real icon of the silver screen, acting skills alone won't cut it. "Likeability is more important than acting skills. You become a beloved actor if you, as an audience member, wants to hang out with you. No matter how good an actor’s skills are, if they seem like a miserable person, they will never be beloved," the expert said. So it's not just their ususal repertoire of acting skills that stars have to hone; it's their talent with people that counts a whole lot (maybe even more), too.

#4

Tom Hanks

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Verena Gitterle
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Why is he so low on the list?

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Stanley Tucci

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I watch movies because of him.

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Johnny Depp

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This man has been typecast

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Having worked with so many actors during the length and breadth of his career, Mike has gotten to know them very well. One thing that he's learned is that the ability to act well, in his opinion, is something you're born with. "I firmly believe acting is an innate talent. Actors can of course increase their range with more experience, but some of the finest actors can be completely new on the scene, and often have never even taken any classes," he said.

As for Mike's favorite actor, he couldn't pick just one. "I have two favorite actors of all time: Meryl Streep and Sidney Poitier. I find both their bodies of work breathtaking."

#7

Tim Curry

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JuJu
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The silly slapstick-acting in clue was perfect

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Meryl Streep

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she UNDERSTANDS the assignment

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Kathy Bates

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Annie Wilkes. Amazing!

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While some would argue that Keanu Reeves (my fave actor) plays pretty much just himself in every single movie, I’d say that he’s my top pick for somebody who 100% understood the assignment. I love his acting and I secretly hope that so do you, dear Pandas. What did you think of Keanu’s performance in the latest John Wick installment and the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie?

#10

Emma Thompson

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LOVE Emma Thompson

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Heath Ledger

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Heath ledger was an a-hole. Not many Australians think much of him. He was really rude to Aussie media because it was Aussie media that caught him cheating on heather graham. Pathetic really

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James Mcavoy

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he played them well for sure

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During an earlier interview, I spoke with Hollywood’s Ultimate Insider, Mike, about casting and what additional advice he’d give actors. Mike shared his opinion that while raw acting talent is important, so is the “ability to bring the character to life, fulfilling the vision of the director and writer.”

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Samuel L. Jackson

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One of my favorite actors. He is so badass that when he signed on for Star Wars he asked to pick his own lightsaber color of Purple.

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Chadwick Boseman

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R.I.P.

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Danny Devito

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he is also Arnold Schwarzenegger's twin.

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There’s also the indescribable ‘it factor,’ making the character jump off the screen, that casting directors are always on the lookout for. However, when directors look for whom to cast, they also have to take into account how each new addition will fit in with the entire crew.

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Viola Davis

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period💖✨💅 we stan viola

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Leonardo Dicaprio

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Wish he would date women his own age.

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Brendan Fraser

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JuJu
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All the love to the original Himbo

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“Also taken into consideration are experience and chemistry with other actors auditioning for the project. An actor needs to have an overall pleasant personality too, and seem like they would be easy to work with on the set,” Mike shared. “No matter how good they are, no one wants to hire a ‘difficult’ actor!"

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Bryan Cranston

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getting better and better

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Denzel Washington

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Pernille Dyre
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Higer up. He's a genius.

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Matthew Mcconaughey

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His part in The Wolf of Wall Street elevated the film

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When it comes to established names, getting a role in a movie is fairly easy. Experience counts for a lot in Hollywood. However, newbies have it pretty tough and often don’t have the luxury of choice: they stick with what they’re given.

"Inexperienced actors have very little say or flexibility in negotiating a different role than the one they are being considered for. There are so many actors being considered for any one particular role, if an actor wants to work, it’s best if they are new and don’t have the clout, to just go with what they’re offered gratefully,” Mike said.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

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YOu forgot freaky friday pic XD

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#23

Tom Hiddleston

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he can do no wrong in my book

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Christopher Lee

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R.I.P.

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The celebrity expert said that if a fresh new actor wants to try a different role than the one they’re offered, they should start off by voicing their concerns to their agent. That way, they’ll be represented while also avoiding any slip-ups when talking directly with the casting director.

"If an inexperienced actor feels strongly they’d be more suitable for another role, that’s a conversation to have with your agent, who can then possibly approach the casting director depending upon their relationship."

#25

Natalie Portman

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on youtube, look for portman rap... come back and thank me later

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Sandra Bullock

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I think she will always be one of my favourite actress of all time.

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Robert De Niro

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Omgg yesss!!! I love him!

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However, no matter how popular you might be, an actor is never rid of that horrible feeling of being rejected… at least sometimes. “An actor has to constantly face rejection, but to be successful, you just have to realize that’s part of the process," Mike told Bored Panda, suggesting that actors “shrug it off” and then move on to the next audition.

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Colin Firth

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Oh my Yes!

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#29

Will Smith

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Will smith is the BEST. U can’t convince me otherwise.

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Anne Hathaway

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I really like Anne Hathaway.

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"I always tell actors, much of the audition process is out of your control, and you may never even know why you didn’t get the part. Maybe the casting director passed because you remind them of their cousin they can’t stand. Or the director stepped in and said ‘no’ because they want to work with someone they’re familiar with. It may have absolutely nothing to do with the actor’s talent at all."

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Winona Ryder

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Beetlejuice will always be a classic.

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Tom Hardy

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He was fantastic in "Legend" and totally saved "Venom" with his acting

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Margot Robbie

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I must admit that the only movie I have seen her in is Suicide Squad but I loved her in Neighbours and have had a lil girl crush on her since lol. From what I have seen (trailers) though she really immersed herself in her movies and plays her characters so well.

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Jim Carrey

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Hmm no, was casted because of the assignment. I love Jim Carry, but just like Jack Black = he always plays similar roles. Not that this is a bad thing, but he is being type casted and fulfills this expectation. Although he showed some different acting skills as count Olaf (laughed my ass off). The Mask, Ace and the Grinch are all typical JC characters to me. Not a bad thing, but not reallly meant for this list if you ask me.

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#35

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

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I love her so much😭

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#36

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

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yus! higher up pleeese!!

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Kathryn Hahn

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Lily Lebowski

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Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

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iconic

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

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yesyesyes

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#40

Brittany Murphy

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Soo talented & gone too soon

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#41

Jake Gyllenhaal

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Should be higher up, he is brilliant.

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#42

Al Pacino

Al Pacino

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I want to marry a young Al Pacino

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Giancarlo Esposito

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I loathed his character in The Boys. Just says how awesome he is!

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Pedro Pascal

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idk what to comment......i blame my fangirlyness UwU.....when ik what to comment i'll edit it UwU

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Rachel Mcadams

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Thank God she avoided Lindsay Lohan's fate.

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Eddie Murphy

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Hmm, not too sure about this one. Whilst I do enjoy a couple of his movies (mainly Shrek), I do find quite a few of his characters quite similar, to the point it is repetitive, boring and annoying (a bit like me hahah)

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

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Too low on the list! #62? Come on!

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Bill Hader

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Stefon!

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Anya Taylor Joy

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Anya Taylor Joy is one of my FAVORITE actresses since even before Queens Gambit!!!

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River Phoenix

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Gone too soon

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